BELMONT, WV It began as a perfectly innocent nature
hike, led by Miss Cynthia Sobcyk at Camp Wichahachee in Belmont. But by the end of the
two hours of studying the minute details of leaves and flowers and trees and insects,
twelve thirteen-year-old campers had quietly and remorselessly taken the lives of
thousands of innocent insects.
At the beginning of the nature hike, Miss
Sobcyk had stopped the group of young boys and instructed them to take a few minutes to
carefully study the smallest details of the nature around them. Her biggest mistake came
in giving them the necessary tools—paper, pencils, and magnifying glasses—and then
leaving them alone to experiment.
Billy Enberg began the merciless
slaughter shortly after becoming bored with pine needles and dandelions. Suddenly
realizing the alternate uses for a magnifying glass, Enberg began using the glass he’d
been given—along with direct sunlight—to start leaves on fire.
wasn’t good enough. He needed something better to burn. That’s when he noticed a
passing black ant. That was his first victim.
Soon, Enberg and the rest
of the campers were ambushing, chasing, and murdering innocent insects in the most
creative ways, totally unnoticed by their teacher, Miss Sobcyk, who had mysteriously
disappeared in the woods—most likely to have a smoke. Ants and spiders alike
unsuccessfully ran for shelter, but they were ruthlessly attacked and massacred by this
team of serial killers. And there was no help in sight.
That’s when Miss
Sobcyk, returned from her mysterious retreat, gathering the campers into a group,
smelling of nicotine. She then led the boys to their next destination, dragging them
away from the scene of the crime and leaving the poor, innocent insects to bury their
dead—or eat them, depending on the species.
Will the killing ever stop?
Most likely not. At least not as long as there is a nature hike at Camp Wichahachee—a
hike where Miss Cynthia Sobcyk leaves a group of mischievous young boys alone in the
woods, armed with magnifying glasses and sunlight. Until Miss Sobcyk retires—or quits
smoking—the deaths will continue.